Date: 11/10/17 2:09 pm From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Vigo - Sandhill Cranes, Am Golden-Plover
This afternoon I had my first-of-season flock of migrant Sandhills overhead. Thinking there might be a big movement, I drove south to Chinook Mine, a good place to count flocks. I saw (heard) none there in an hour, but happened upon a late AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER in a large flock of Killdeer.
Nevins Twp, 6065 N. Miami Gardens St, Vigo, Indiana, US
Nov 10, 2017 2:00 PM
Sandhill Crane 100 flock in flight, heading south, bugling
Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Nov 10, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Comments: Checked lakes along Swalls Rd, then drove Felling Road and observed killdeer flock in soybean stubble. Chilly, sunny, 37 F, wind 10 mph NE.
Northern Shoveler 20
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 350 at county line lake on Swalls, mostly near- and on shore, many tipping up to feed in near-shore water.
American Black Duck 2
Green-winged Teal 2
Ring-necked Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 6
Ruddy Duck 3
Pied-billed Grebe 37
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 85
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER 1 With a large flock of 70 killdeer, foraging and resting, preening in a soybean stubble field. Studied in scope at 150 yards or so. Plover behavior and posture (run short distance, stop, peck). Plain colored compared to killdeer; slightly taller than nearby Killdeer. Light brownish back. Dove-like head, thin black bill, large dark eye. Strong white eye line, dark crown. White throat, whitish belly and vent, broad brown wash on breast. The smallish head, slender neck, and thin bill, and strong white eye line indicated American Golden rather than Black-bellied. Plumage of underparts more consistent with adult basic than juvenile, though latter is most likely at this late date.
Killdeer 70 foraging in large crop field of soybean stubble along Felling Av, south side, east of Tabortown Lake. Scattered over a large area (200 yards or more in width), some in clusters of 5 or so. Some flushed by kestrel, alerting me to the larger flock.
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Kestrel 1
Horned Lark 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1